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Not suitable under 10; parental guidance to 14 (adult themes, sexual references, coarse language)
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|Children under 10
|Not suitable due to adult themes, sexual references, and coarse language.
|Children aged 10–14
|Parental guidance recommended due to adult themes, sexual references, and coarse language.
|Children aged 15 and over
|Ok for this age group.
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
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This review of the movie contains the following information:
Cady Heron has led an exciting but sheltered life, being brought up and home schooled by her research scientist parents in Africa. That all changes, however, when, at the age of 16, the family move back to America and Cady goes to a public high school. She gets a major culture shock when she finds the school segregated into various groups such as the Asian Nerds, the Cool Asians, the Sexually Active Bambies and, high in the pecking order, the Plastics. This is a group of three girls, Regina, the queen bee, and her workers Gretchen and Karen, who are all in love with themselves.
The first person to befriend Cady is gothic Janis, reputed to be a lesbian, who lets Cady in on the social hierarchy at the school. Janis used to be best friends with Regina in Middle School but they fell out and are now enemies. When Regina decides to invite Cady into the Plastics, which is such an honour, Janis sees this as a way to sabotage the group. Together with friend Damien, who’s gay, Janis and Cady devise ways to bring down the Plastics.
Unfortunately, things start to go awry when Cady, having infiltrated the group, becomes as ‘plastic’ as the others. Things start to get complicated when Cady starts to like Aaron, an ex-boyfriend of Regina’s and Regina can’t let that happen. However, things take a definite turn for the worse when Regina gives her poison pen diary to the Principal and accuses Cady of writing it.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Stereotypes; High School; Bullying.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are a lot of sexual references:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There are some references to alcohol and other drugs in this movie:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The take home message from the movie is that young people shouldn’t be afraid to be themselves.
Values parents may wish to encourage include:
Values parents may wish to discourage include:
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